su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow

Examples of suet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This week in the garden Use a bird feeder with weight-sensitive perches and suet flavored with pepper to attract the birds but discourage the squirrels. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The best gardening books to give as Christmas gifts," 18 Dec. 2020 Attract colorful birds to your landscape by offering, water, suet and seeds. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Winter weeds or sustainable winter lawn? It's about perspective," 5 Feb. 2021 To attract insect-eating birds, feed them suet, a block of beef fat. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: What’s working to attract birds to your San Antonio winter garden," 1 Jan. 2021 The main course features haggis, a sausage of sheep organs, oatmeal, suet, meat trimmings and spices packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Burns Night is ‘auld lang’ wine time," 16 Jan. 2021 Supply them with seed and suet, and install at least one birdbath. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: How to kill the pests eating your winter garden in San Antonio," 26 Dec. 2020 Without a doubt the suet would have been procured from an unwilling local bovine, perhaps one Gertrude knew personally, delivered by knacker-wagon. Murr Brewster, The Christian Science Monitor, "Unpacking Great-Aunt Gertrude’s plum pudding," 16 Dec. 2020 In my landscape three types of woodpeckers, two species of wren, kinglets, mockingbirds, blue jays and even warblers are attracted to the suet. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to feeding birds in San Antonio," 15 Oct. 2020 Woodpeckers and nuthatches love suet feeders hung close to trunks. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are some tips if you want to go big on bird feeders this winter," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of suet

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suet

Middle English sewet, from Anglo-French suet, siuet, from seu, su hard animal fat, from Latin sebum

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The first known use of suet was in the 14th century

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27 Feb 2021

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“Suet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of suet

: a type of hard fat that is found in cows and sheep


su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Kids Definition of suet

: the hard fat around the kidneys in beef and mutton from which tallow is made


su·​et | \ ˈsü-ət How to pronounce suet (audio) \

Medical Definition of suet

: the hard fat about the kidneys and loins in beef and mutton that yields tallow and that in prepared form is used in some pharmaceutical ointments

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